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Human dignity must be center of political debate – Pope on Greek debt crisis

Jul 1, 2015 - 11:38 am .- Pope Francis on Wednesday called for prayer for the people of Greece, shortly after the nation defaulted on a significant loan payment on its more than $300 billion debt.

Chewed or brewed: A brief history of Popes and coca leaves

Jun 30, 2015 - 04:21 pm .- Pope Francis might chew coca leaves – or maybe sip coca tea – during his visit to Bolivia next week, the Vatican has said.

Francis wishes Benedict XVI a good summer in Castel Gandolfo

Jun 30, 2015 - 11:13 am .- Before heading out for his two-week stay at the papal residence in Castel Gandolfo this summer, retired pontiff Benedict XVI received a 30 minute visit from Pope Francis, who wished him a pleasant stay.

Cuba, US set to be a busy trip for Pope Francis

Jun 30, 2015 - 09:00 am .- Pope Francis’ itinerary while in Cuba and the United States confirms several highly anticipated events including a special U.N. Summit and the canonization of Bl. Junipero Serra. He is also set to meet with groups he frequently prioritizes: homeless, prisoners and migrants.

Vatican's communications secretariat prioritizes new media

Jun 30, 2015 - 12:08 am .- Internet content and and video production will assume a greater role in Vatican communications in the years to come, suggests the establishment and – particularly – the leadership of the newly established Secretariat for Communications.

Practice what you preach, Pope encourages new archbishops

Jun 29, 2015 - 12:18 pm .- During his Mass for the feast of Saints Peter and Paul on Monday, Pope Francis called on the Church's new archbishops to be courageous witnesses who are not ashamed of Christ, and who are convinced by what they themselves teach.

Pope Francis' answer to 'What is faith?'

Jun 28, 2015 - 08:59 am .- The Pope focused on the virtue of faith during his Sunday Angelus address, saying the whole gospel is written in its light.

Pope Francis creates new secretariat overseeing all Vatican communications

Jun 27, 2015 - 02:09 pm .- The Vatican’s nine communications offices will soon be consolidated under the authority of the newly-established Secretariat for Communications, per a Saturday directive of Pope Francis.

Catholics and Orthodox should meet, cooperate more often, Pope exhorts

Jun 27, 2015 - 11:48 am .- Greeting a delegation of the leader of Eastern Orthodoxy on Saturday, Pope Francis voiced hope that Catholics and Eastern Orthodox would encounter each other more often, so as to overcome prejudices.

Pope officially paves the way for Saint Therese's parents to be canonized

Jun 27, 2015 - 10:42 am .- Pope Francis formally approved on Saturday the decrees necessary for Blesseds Louis and Zelie Martin – known for being the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux – to be declared saints later this year.

Educate girls to the 'beauty and grandeur of their vocation' – Pope Francis

Jun 26, 2015 - 03:03 pm .- Pope Francis on Friday praised Catholic girl scout leaders’ “absolutely crucial” role in educating women for their vocation and responsibilities in a world of ideologies that work against God and treat women as inferior.

A hope for peace: Vatican, Palestine sign treaty protecting religious liberty

Jun 26, 2015 - 02:44 pm .- The comprehensive agreement signed on Friday by the Holy See and the State of Palestine may serve the twofold goal of stimulating peace in the Middle East and providing a model for similar treaties with other Middle East countries.

Pope exhorts future Vatican diplomats to bring Christ's face to the world

Jun 25, 2015 - 05:15 pm .- Pope Francis told the graduating class of Holy See ambassadors on Thursday that their main mission is to be Christ’s representatives to the world.

For Archbishop Chaput, Vatican synod, Philly family meeting providentially linked

Jun 25, 2015 - 03:31 pm .- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia sees a providential link between September’s World Meeting of Families and October’s Synod on the Family. As a participant in both, he says the fresh experience from Philadelphia will be on his mind as he enters the Vatican Synod hall mere weeks later.

Cardinal sends Ramadan wishes to suffering Muslims, rebukes religious violence

Jun 25, 2015 - 02:01 am .- In an oblique rebuke to the Islamic State and other militants, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran has wished Muslims a peaceful and joyful Ramadan and acknowledged the pain of those who have suffered or died because of violence.

Synod on the Family's working document sets the stage for spirited discussion

Jun 24, 2015 - 12:00 pm .- That the discussion at October's Synod on the Family is going to be a lively one is indicated by the fact that the most controversial paragraphs of the final report from last year's synod are included in the working document which was released Tuesday.

Pope to families: If you hide your problems, they'll only get worse

Jun 24, 2015 - 06:47 am .- Family wounds that aren’t dealt with in a healthy and timely manner can have devastating effects on both spouses and children, Pope Francis has said, and encouraged wounded families to work toward healing without letting bitterness build up.

Synod guiding document: families need the Church's message of mercy

Jun 23, 2015 - 08:20 am .- The document set to guide this year’s synod discussions on the family touches on hot-button issues such as homosexuality and divorced and remarried couples, stressing that mercy is something every family needs from the Church.

Pope Francis speaks up for Italy's unemployed youth

Jun 20, 2015 - 12:25 pm .- Youth unemployment is “a true social plague” that leaves young people feeling useless, Pope Francis told an Italian labor group on Saturday.

In Middle East martyrdoms, Pope Francis sees seeds of Christian unity

Jun 20, 2015 - 06:02 am .- Meeting with Syriac Orthodox leaders on Friday, Pope Francis decried the continuing martyrdom of Middle East Christians, and gave special mention to two Christian bishops kidnapped in Syria two years ago.

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